Former DG SMEDAN Arrested For Alleged Corruption

The immediate past Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegations bordering on corruption in the award of contracts by the agency.

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The former Director-General is currently being quizzed by the Commission for his alleged role in fraudulent awards of specialized entrepreneurship contracts to his cronies who were neither professionals nor qualified to execute the projects and for allegedly demanding and receiving kickbacks from contractors.

He is also accused of using his position for personal advantage.

ICPC, acting on a petition it received against the former SMEDAN DG, arrested him for questioning but has released him on administrative bail.




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